I first met Rearcous Smith when he came to be part of the cast of "Five Guys Named Moe" at the Springer Opera House. I can't remember which Moe he was. It was one of the most fun casts ever and the show was amazing.
A week or so later, Rea was in the hospital with a respiratory ailment that almost took his life.
But he recovered and was back Columbus because he decided to enroll at CSU in the theater department. Of course, that meant he was in several shows at the Springer the next season. Lucky us.
Rea never met a stranger and you couldn't help but lovae him. He was full of life, love and joy.
I really don't know how or why he started using the phrase "We are close." But it's something that's stuck with all of his friends. Just look at Facebook today.
We lost Rea four years ago today.
His loss was a humongous one for his friends and the theater world. People still talk about "Fences," a show he directed as his senior project.
I realized a couple of months ago that I haven't had my picture taken with some of my favorite theater people. I finally had one taken with Troy Heard, whom I've known since he was in high school.
I regret that I don't have one with Rea.
I miss you, you sweet man.